"From Blown Speakers" as written by and Carl Allan Newman....
When the contact high from the real life adventures wear off,
You find, in the tiny moments that bomb, your old files rain down from the sky.
And would they fall down, like cymbal crashes, would the alarm bell sound?
Would your eyelashes keep all this in time? If not, I won't mind...

It can be impractical.

So can you tell me why in every version of the events shown here,
There's another season that crawls by like years, from blown speakers clear?

It came out magical.

Just a contact high, one in every mood I've ever declined to fight, one in every single exchange you might find. From blown speakers, time came out magical.

It came out magical, out from blown speakers.

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"From Blown Speakers" as written by Carl Allan Newman

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    General CommentPositive is right, it's definitely about coming down off a high. I get the feeling that the metaphor blown speakers is about having a good idea despite having a lack of confidence, or fear of failure. The cymbal crashing and alarm clock are talking about panic. Like when you've made a bold decision you know you had to make but now you have to face the consequences. Great song though; I wow the NPs write great lyrics and infuse them with their catchy pop tunes
    ratrobon January 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely a great song! My read on it is that it's about those moments when you do come down from some big moment in life, and all of a sudden these old ideas and ambitions that you've tucked away (your "old files") come flooding back. Maybe it's a good idea to pursue them, maybe not. Ultimately, though, I think that the idea of something magical coming from blown speakers suggests that sometimes the best things come out of the worst, most confusing situations--kind of like the lotus in the mud metaphor. Even from a bad mood or an "exchange," which I take to mean an argument, you can get something great. So I guess maybe it's saying that you should go ahead and take whatever risk you're afraid of. But don't worry if you don't--Carl won't mind.
    magicaemmyon April 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rocksssssss.
    Kay-arlaon October 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt came out MAGICAL

    I don't know but when I blast my speakers this song comes out magical indeed.
    The_Variableon December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think its kind of about having a temporary 'high' when something good happens and then coming back to reality of all the stresses of life.. or maybe it could be about waking up from a good dream. I kind of get that from the alarm clock part. Hmm i dunno great song though.
    positive_tensionon January 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It gives me such a RUSH.
    jojo-swedenon March 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love when Neko sings out those words.
    realfreakaynaughtyon February 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentEverytime i listen to the New Pornographers i swear it always cheers me up :)
    It's music that lets me know, just be happy or forget other shit and live life :)
    this is my favourite song of them!
    priscila17on March 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNothing they do is anything less than.... beyond rad! help.
    dissolveron October 16, 2010   Link

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